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 Post subject: Wood, politics, RIC and all that jazz..
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:05 pm 
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Hey folks:

I think maybe kinda sorta I read something about Rickenbacker's policy when it comes to the wood used in their products. I just can't seem to find it. Could someone tell me or point me in the right direction as to what Rickenbacker's stand is on wood, as far as it's origin and sustainability?

Basically asking out of curiosity, after reading about yet another raid on Gibson where pallets of supposedly illegal Rosewood and Ebony were confiscated, and all the political bru-ha-ha surrounding it. Not quite sure what to make of it.

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Maybe you should shoot RIC an email, since as I recall, there aren't supposed to be political discussions on the board.


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A similar topic was posted only a few weeks back, I responded and it got locked up!

I will try to stay clear of any politicking or what happened at Gibson, I shall save some ink this time ( see I'm a conservationist already). I live in S.E Queensland subtropical mountain rain- forest 1200ft above sea level, surrounded by wilderness. The botanica and wildlife are superb. When I first came here 25 years ago it was being partly logged, I saw the logging and destruction first hand. It's National park now. I was lucky I made a botanical discovery of a rare plant (lepidozamia peroffskyana) these plants (Zamiads similar to Cycads) I discovered have been dated by the Herbarium in Queensland ( they are over 1000 years old and where found outside their known extent)! It took another 5 years and a lot of frustration, effort and with some help from some highly respected Australian environmental scientists and botanists it got saved . It's all National park now, never to be logged, 1000's of hectares were saved and all the wildlife that comes with it. Trees are food, shelter, habitat for wildlife. Rainforest is the epitome of nature, it's so abundant yet so fragile. if you destroy it it doesn't comeback! The wildlife is then of concern it is then threatened because of habitat loss

It's a bit late to worry about chasing down guitar manufactures, years after the trees have been felled.. Protection of such rainforest and timber should be in the hands of the government of the country from which it comes (endemic protection). I say stop them cutting down rainforest in the first place, if it's that's precious it needs to be locked up in National park and protected! Plantation rainforest timber is the way of the future ( but it doesn't have instantaneous rewards)

Declaring a National park here where I live worked so well, now instead of logging trucks and chainsaws, we have bush walkers and conservationist, birdwatchers from all over the world using it! Environmental scientist come here to study it. Nature has taught me some profound lessons. LOL I'm a bit like Thoreau, except I never left the wilderness, and my use of English not as creative or eloquent. Like him I try to understand it and learn from it!

Most timber imported by large guitar makers is done so legally, Ric doesn't use a lot of Rainforest cabinet timber. In the end the only way to save Rainforest is to have the government of that country lock it up and declare a national park with rangers to protect that area. I live on a large property I have planted 1000's of rainforest trees, in another 150 years time this property will be guitar makers heaven many of the trees I planted are perfect for luthiers. Sometimes you have to think what's best for perpetuity, not just today!

LOL I think this post may now be of concern,,,I fear it will become extinct, but we don't have to lock it up yet do we???????


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No, sounds good to me, Bud. I was afraid my comment earlier would be taken off, but there are certain boundaries. On one hand, it's almost impossible to not mention something political; on the other, it is still possible. Very tricky/sticky.


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Isn't fret metal recyclable? Collect your old frets in a container and toss them in the recycle bin.

I toss my guitar strings, and the packages they come in, in the recycle bin at home.

The plain steel strings are also excellent wire for repairing certain varieties of cheese slicers. :)


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Hey JBudweiser
Interesting read your posting last month and gotta give you a thumbs-up for your personal crusade, over several years, in having an area established as a National park. The future generations will thank you for saving them some wilderness.


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